Old Government House will host Soirées Musicales, two evenings of elegant 19th century music, this month.

Guests are invited to take a step back in time with vocal ensembles by Schubert, Schumann, Medelssohn and Brahms, accompanied on Lady Chelmsford’s piano that will echo throughout the stunning colonial structure.

Comprising of four singers, the quintet is an independent project made up of all principal artists with Opera Queensland, as well as pianist Peter Roennfeldt. Other members of the group include Annie Lower, soprano Rachael Griffin, tenor Mattias Lower and baritone Leon Warnock.

The idea for the event stems from a newspaper cutting from 1906 about a ‘house concert’ that was hosted by the Governor and his wife, Lady Chelmsford, who had ordered the exquisite Bechstein piano especially for the occasion.

Soirées Musicales will attempt to replicate the program of the evening with an opening of ‘Dedication’ (Widmung) performed by Peter, as done so by local pianist Dr Byrne in 1906.

Professor Roennfeldt is a published music historian as well as the former Director of the Queensland Conservatorium, and his recent book, Madame Mallalieu – features links to the program and some background of the venue.

Overall the program will take audiences through an exciting journey of classical music, recreating the historical setting with a repertoire of music and poetry of the romantic period.

Soirées Musicales will be held at Old Government House on 25 & 30 October. For further information and tickets visit our Event Guide.